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Round of 11: Motown
March 23

It's a sound as American as mom, apple pie, and baseball, the evolution of soul music as we knew it... and now the top 11 will take on the distinct sound of... MOTOWN. Ten people venture into Hitsville, and one will get hit off of the tour.

1. Casey Abrams - Marvin Gaye "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - He was supposed to be not screechy. Didn't work. This was total drunk frat boy vocals after a couple of drinks. I see Taylor Hicks in him...and not in a good way. TROUBLE.

2. Thia Megia - Martha and the Vandellas - "Heat Wave" - Here's the problem here...there is no oomph behind this version. She isn't REAL. She is robo-singer. But she is good enough technically, and vocally that she will be back next week. SAFE.

3. Jacob Lusk - “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - You may remember this being sampled by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, hence the very good song choice. He toned it down enough this week to let Jacob shine through yet it wasn't over the top. Very good performance and very good vocals. Best performance by him so far. SAFE.

4. Lauren Alaina - "You Keep Me Hanging On" by the Supremes. - The growl in her voice, and the attitude worked here big time. There was a country twang which made her performance a bit more unique that a strict sing along. Very nice. SAFE.

5. Stefano Langone - "Hello" by Lionel Richie - He turned this very intimate ballad into a loud Latin Lover Mess. You need to tone it down...and it was not supposed to be loud and overbearing. TROUBLE.

6. Haley Reinhart - " “You Really Got a Hold on Me” by Smokey Robinson - Same problem as last week. She is a young kid playing dress up. Too big heels, and vocals that don't connect at all. She still doesn't know who she is. TROUBLE.

7. Scotty McCreery - "For Once In My Life" - Stevie Wonder - This is the perfect example of taking a song, using a pretty original arrangement and making the song your OWN. The vocals weren't perfect, but this is a guy who takes CHANCES. Turning a soul song country takes cojones. SAFE.

8. Pia Toscano - "All in Love is Fair" - Stevie Wonder -- People may not know this song, but wow what a performance. Vocals perfect, and I loved this ballad from her. SAFE.

9. Paul McDonald - "Tracks of My Tears" Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Where did THIS come from? This folk-rock twist on the Smokey Robinson classic has a Rod Stewart twinge to it that I liked. A LOT. If he stays in this vibe, he could be dangerous. SAFE.

10. Naima Adepapo - "Dancing In the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas - Ok...bad Bell Bottoms. Her lower range was off, and this was just there. Average...didn't do anything....and the African thing was a stunt. Plain and simple. TROUBLE.

11. James Durbin - "Livin For The City" - Stevie Wonder - Liked the performance, but he was a 1/2 octave too high. Otherwise, he will be back next week. SAFE.

This week everyone made very good song choices. Execution not so much:

Only four people did bad enough to get into my trouble box:

NAIMA, HALEY, CASEY, STEFANO
Bottom Two: Haley, Casey

Off the Tour: Haley

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